February 1, 2014 Subject:
Dave's Picks 6 is interesting, and it's great to hear this Dark Star cleaned up and sounding lovely. I'm a fan of the release, and it's fun to hear the show in a larger context. Although why they included that Hard to Handle, with Pigpen out of sync with the band for an entire verse, is a head-scratcher.
February 2, 2011 Subject:
Magic Dark Star
Funny how many copies of this set are on the archive yet each contains different amounts of the Cumberland and Mason's. This copy seems to have the most of everything and great sound.A shame the mason's gets cut off but the Cumberland just sounds out of place in this psychedelic set.
Get this for the magical DS alone (although the rest is great).
February 2, 2011 Subject:
A great Dark Star, one of my favorites. Very exploratory, Jerry just smokes it. If you enjoy this Dark Star check out 9/19 and 6/24 for the year, all excellent Stars.
February 2, 2010 Subject:
This is the version to get
Not sure whey there are more versions following. This has the bast quality and most material.
November 23, 2009 Subject:
this is such a special band. as with so many nights before this one, you can see that here was a group of individuals who had worlds of creation before them. this show is a fiery gift. those 72 dark stars are being nourished right here. what never ceases to amaze me is how adventurous the dead are. and this rockin' night (i think the dead would rock the stones right out of any building during this late 60s early 70s period) is another sign post on the road. god bless this wonderful archive and god bless the grateful dead. tst.
February 2, 2006 Subject:
Im still amazed when I listen to shows of this quality and caliber. Excellent. The Dark Star is definitely a notable polished and refined (if you can apply those adjective to DS). Dont pass this one up because of the abbreviated recording. Definitely worth a listen.
September 28, 2005 Subject:
rest of show?
This is awesome! Where's the rest of the show?
March 19, 2005 Subject:
If you only have 30-40 minutes
This makes for a nice little snippet. Masons children ends abruptly apart from that it is really solid throughout.
January 31, 2005 Subject:
The Sound & The Fury
Rarily has there been more of IT than what there is HERE--particularly after these truly awesome progressions played out at this pivotal 69/70>Jan-Feb period of transition--the cusp. I've not heard a more emphatically played Dark Star by Garcia ever (and I've been listening to the river for a while). The unrelenting synchronous electricity of our Heart of Gold Band just pours out. Stunning. The excellent SBD is resonant and drenched with what's being said--pushed as if the tape cannot hold. My kingdom for the entire Mason's (the best but for...)! Not a '5' due to the cut at maximum lift off.
January 26, 2005 Subject:
The crop circles
Two days before the Terrapin shows['02] Phil and DB played this amazing looking building.
This was also the day people found out about the upcoming Fall tour other1s'02!!!!!!
That night Phils band was perfect,after a whole tour they had songs dialed in like skatetricks.
I remembered the boys played here from Deadbase.
They left crop circles in the building in 1970 and many others.
Its nice that we get to see shows in these old theaters.
The Dead need follow up summer40-'05,with
a theater tour of both coast with arena shows sandwiched in.Hey just listen to the band altering/adjusting the blue prints of the Fox.
January 7, 2005 Subject:
quality and brevity
Following a dr. Flashback review is a daunting task, I mean what else can be said. That having been said, the sonic quality here is excellent in a year a tad short on soundboards. Weir has some real shining moments in the 20plus minute darkstar which also features some great Garcia/Lesh interplay. The highlight for me is the superb transition from St. Stephen into a very well played Mason's Children. The cut in Mason's is unfortunate but still well worth the listen.
Got a copy of this one a while ago thanks to the Music Never Stopped project. Too bad there's not more. Phil???
Anyway, don't miss this one, esp. the nice 20
minute Dark Star. The boys were mighty inspired tonight, since they had just been busted in New Orleans two days ago. (Hence "Truckin") And glad as hell to be free in St. Louis, no doubt. They play with conviction and fire. The St. Stephen is short but good. And a rare Mason's Children is a real treat. A song originally meant for the film
"Zabrieski Point" but left out. Jerry's solo improvisations during the desert trip sequence ARE on the ZP soundtrack, however, and the recent new remastered soundtrack CD is worth having for Jerry fans!
But I digress. A great sounding SBD, and recommended for Dark Star enthusiasts - there aren't many to pick from in 1970!
Let me also say every show I've heard so far from
Jan-Feb 1970 has just been outstanding. They were clearly on a roll during this period leading up to the recording of Workingman's Dead (rls. May 70).
It would be nice to see all the Hawaii shows from late Jan available, and the complete run at the Fillmore West in early Feb.
Dr. Flashback ;-)
June 7, 2004 Subject:
Awesome. Where is the rest of the show???
Love the Dark Star. Great St. Stephen. One of a kind transition into Mason's Children. Very solid. Too bad it is so short.